Burton Hospitals foundation trust chief executive Paula Clark has been appointed as chief of The Dudley Group of Hospitals foundation trust.

She will take over from Paul Farenden, who is retiring, at the beginning of October.

Ms Clark said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the trust in the autumn and I look forward to continuing to build on the success of the hospitals.”

The Burton trust is in the process of appointing a replacement.

Ms Clark has been at Burton since 2005 and an NHS chief executive for 10 years.

Dudley chair Alf Edward said: “We would like to welcome Paula to her new role here in Dudley and look forward to working with her when she joins us later in the year.”